Youth team win vital game

Last updated : 12 December 2004 By Mark Walton

Terry Pashley - another win for his team
The game started at a very quick pace which continued throughout the match, with both teams playing with 100% effort and trying to gain the important win.

Apart from a few half chances for the Clarets, the first clear sight of goal fell to Tranmere. A through ball caught our defence flat footed and saw the Tranmere striker one on one with Clarets’ keeper Michael Hale.

Unfortunately the Tranmere player reached the ball first with Hale tripping the advancing striker> Hale was sent the wrong way with the resulting penalty and it was 1-0 to Tranmere.

We were soon back in the game however, with a well worked goal from the wing. Tom Ince worked it well down the left and found Joe Booth, who then managed to find Nicky Platt, and the midfielder slotted the ball into the right hand side of the goal from the edge of the area.

The Clarets then seemed to get on top of the game with both full backs and wingers working well together to create chances, and Alex Taylor was unlucky not to give us the lead. We were looking very solid at the back and Tranmere hardly threatened again in the first half.

When the second half got underway it was Tranmere again who took the upper hand in the first fifteen minutes, but despite all their possession they never had a clear chance on goal (mainly due to some solid defending and hard work by our midfield).

We then started to get some rhythm back to our game and again started to work it well down the wings. Some good work down the right from Marc Pugh resulted in a corner, which Chris McCann managed to get his head on to make it 2 -1. He took the chance very well and he seems to be making a great start to his career at Burnley.

Tranmere tried hard to get back into the game, but couldn’t create any chances against a team that are finally starting to play for each other – willing to win every ball and every tackle.

Pugh, Ince, McCann, Neal Trotman, Adam Jones and Booth all had good games. Now it is time for FA Youth Cup action this Wednesday when we take on Norwich City at the Turf.

’s team was: Michael Hale, Rob Henry, Neal Trotman, Chris McCann, Adam Jones, Marc Pugh, Darrell Avery, Joe Booth, Nicky Platt, Tom Ince, Alex Taylor.

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